“Scandal” picked a very unsexy title for Thursday night’s (March 10) episode, “The Fish Rots from the Head,” but it was one of the steamiest and hottest ones to date.
A darkly lit, breathy scene between Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) and Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) was pretty intense. This is why it’s a total shocker at the end of the episode when Jake announces he’s engaged … to Vanessa Moss. Vanessa, a woman audiences have seen on screen for a total of like five seconds.
Who is this new mystery woman? This girlfriend Jake claims to love even though he continually cheats on her with Olivia? Honestly, we know nothing about the future Mrs. Ballard other than she’s highly connected in Washington, D.C. Because of her family’s lineage, and her friendship with Papa Pope (Joe Morton), this whole relationship seems very suspect.
Olivia claims she’s not jealous of Jake’s new lady. Maybe she isn’t, but she can’t get over the feeling that something larger is at play. Could this new woman actually be a pawn in one of her evil father’s master plan.
More will have to be revealed in the next episode as there’s no way Olivia is going to stop spying on Jake… right?
“Scandal” airs on Thursday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.